I walk into my kitchen and there’s a box of pizza sitting there. With great pain in my heart, I flip open the lid only to reveal a full, beautiful, mouth-watering cheese pizza. I make a slight whimper and close the box. My mom says “I almost brought you home a gluten free one, but then I remembered it has cheese and thought, what am I thinking?”. Then my dad says, “Just have a piece”.
I coincidentally had a vegan pizza for dinner, but nothing compares to that real cheese pizza. Since going vegan, cheese pizza is truly the only thing I really miss. But that’s okay, because in order to live this lifestyle, I realize I have to make sacrifices. And sure I’m going to want pizza sometimes, but I’m not going to give into that will power? Want to know why? Here’s why.
My dad calls himself a vegan. I think he does it to bug, because he is not a vegan. He TRIES to eat more plant based foods, but says he “cheats” and has some meat, cheese, and eggs sometimes. I told him there’s no such thing as a partial vegan; you either are or you aren’t.
So as I’m standing there in my kitchen, he has the audacity to try to tell me to just have a piece of pizza. Who do you think I am to just give up 7 months of veganism for a little piece of pizza? Hell no. He goes on to tell me that “his father lived to be 80 something and ate whatever he wanted blah blah blah, and that everything is okay in moderation.” Well that’s where I have to stop you, pops. Because ya sure, everything is okay in moderation for health wise, but I’m not only a vegan for health reasons. I do it for my health, for the planet, and for the animals. And sure I may have an extreme personality, and sure I may seem really opinionated. But you know what? No big change in the world ever happened from being passive. So if I truly want to make a difference in this world, and I hope that one day I can, I have to be strong and passionate.
No one ever changed the world by doing things ‘in moderation’. You either go big or go home. If we ever want to save the planet and the animals, we can’t have the “it’s okay sometimes” attitude, or else we’ll never see a change. People will eat cheese pizza “sometimes” or have a chicken salad “sometimes” and think that it’s okay. No, it’s not okay to kill innocent animals and eat them. We are all earthlings and we are equal.
Researchers have found that raising animals for consumption contributes to erosion and nutritional depletion of soil, plus desertification and deforestation. As a result, the US alone has lost about a third of its topsoil from factors that include livestock agriculture. More than 70 percent of the earth’s fresh water is used in agriculture of plants and animals: it takes 100 to 200 times more water to produce a pound of beef than it does to grow a pound of plant foods. Plus, the United Nations has reported that the livestock sector is most likely the largest source of water pollution. A Cornell study found that producing animal-based protein requires eight times more fossil-fuel energy than creating plant-based protein. (http://vegnews.com/articles/)
What does this all mean? That slaughtering the billions of animals that we do is killing our planet. So when will people learn to stop? When will people change their perspectives and attitudes. “The chicken was already on the table, so if I had a piece, it wouldn’t matter”. Um, wrong. That attitude right there is what’s killing our planet. How can you ever expect to make a difference in this world if you don’t change how you think and stand up for what you believe in? How do you expect humans to save this planet if they say things like “oh, well a burger is okay in moderation”
So sue me, hate me, un-follow me, do whatever. I will be a voice, not an echo. I will make my voice heard. I will stand tall as a vegan and not let anyone bring me down. I will make a difference in this world, and I will not give up. That I can promise you.
Pushy or passionate: you decide.